With the new year just around the corner, the Santa Clarita City Council and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors each approved their 2020 state legislative agenda, highlighting priorities ranging from supporting infrastructure legislation to homeless services efforts.
On Tuesday, council members unanimously adopted their newest legislative platform, which “outlines policy statements regarding legislative and regulatory issues that are of interest to the city of Santa Clarita and may come forward during the 116th Congress and the California Legislature’s 2019-20 session.”
Much of what is outlined in last year’s platform remains in the 2020 agenda, but some of the changes are a continuation of what was accomplished in 2019.
For example, Santa Clarita prioritized supporting legislation to establish the St. Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial and National Monument. President Trump agreed to the formation of a national monument in March. The 2020 platform now states support for funding opportunities to be used toward the construction and management of such a monument.
Amid the controversial public safety power shutoffs by utilities that have left thousands of local residents in the dark, the city emphasized supporting legislation that aims to accelerate the implementation of enhanced electrical utility infrastructure to prevent future shutoffs.
Supporting legislation with a focus on securing funding for Santa Clarita’s emergency management services and pre-disaster mitigation funding, such as for wildfires, was also on the legislative platform.
Cannabis also made the list, with the addition of a line to support legislation that authorizes “a local agency the authority to regulate the delivery of cannabis or cannabis products within its jurisdictional boundaries.”
Other priorities outlined include supporting legislation for infrastructure and grant funding “for a federal investment in transportation, water resources, and housing directly to local governments,” as well as funding for local governments to address homeless issues, according to the city staff report.
Homelessness also appeared on the county’s legislative priorities, which said that 2020 “will be primarily concentrated on expanding access to homeless services,” but will also focus on “affordable housing, health care, child welfare and early childhood development, justice reform, infrastructure investment, promoting business development and employment, and environmental protection and sustainability,” according to the county agenda report.
The county also detailed supporting proposals that will fund initiatives to reduce and prevent the issue, expand the availability of interim and permanent supportive housing and allow counties to maximize federal, state and local funds to provide services for those facing homelessness or considered “at-risk.”
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger has released a statement regarding a recent incident involving deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station - an incident, which was recorded by bystanders, and has since gone viral.
The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced the award of $38 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Recovery Assistance grants to 14 Revolving Loan Funds (RLF) grantees, including the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA).
Circle of Hope has announced their 16th annual signature Tea fundraiser, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, will feature something new and different with an internationally themed dinner and program.
Los Angeles County Chief Executive Officer Sachi A. Hamai, who agreed to temporarily postpone her retirement to help lead the County through the initial phase of the COVID-19 emergency, announced that she will retire at the end of August 2020.
Children’s Bureau is now offering an online foster-adoption orientation for individuals and/or couples who are interested helping children in foster care while reunifying with birth families or to provide legal permanency by adoption.
Los Angeles County Public Health on Monday confirmed 19 new deaths and 1,920 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, as officials see signs of stability in key indicators, including daily hospitalizations and deaths.
Along with added stress for struggling businesses and a failing unemployment agency, California Governor Gavin Newsom estimated Monday it would cost the state $700 million per week to implement the president’s proposed unemployment plan.
In an effort to assist renters with limited means affected by the COVID-19 crisis, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has provided $100 million in CARES Act funds to create a COVID-19 Rent Relief program, operated by the Los Angeles County Development Authority.
In a socially distanced, drive-thru event, a number of Santa Clarita Valley organizations came together Thursday to distribute “peace bags” to students, with the hopes of spreading joy, positivity and community engagement.
In separate incidents, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies arrested a wanted felon and his companion on felony warrants last week and three suspects on auto theft charges Friday and over the weekend.
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